WALTHAM, Mass. – September 19, 2012 – The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) announced today that Laurence Yameen, broker-owner of L.J. Yameen Real Estate in Lawrence was named MAR’s 2012 Good Neighbor Award winner. The Good Neighbor Award recognizes REALTORS® for their community activism. Yameen was presented the award at MAR’s Professional Awards Reception, which was held in conjunction with the Association’s 2012 Conference and Tradeshow at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
“Larry Yameen has donated over 40 years to working on behalf of others with the Exchange Club of Lawrence,” said 2012 MAR President Trisha McCarthy, broker at Keller Williams Realty in Newburyport. “He is the definition of a ‘Good Neighbor’ and is an excellent example of what it means to give back.”
The Lawrence Exchange Club is a national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community. The organization provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals (and gifts) to over 600 children each year, they fund scholarships, support programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lawrence and more. A volunteer for over 40 years, Yameen has been involved with all of these efforts.
Yameen is also a founding member of the Michael B. Christensen Family Support Center, which aims to increase the ability of families to nurture their children and prevent child abuse and neglect. His fund raising efforts have helped to bring in over $75,000 for Lawrence Exchange Club.
In addition to Yameen, Marcia Petri of ERA M. Connie Laplante Real estate in South Hadley and Janet Porcaro of Keller Williams Realty in Newton were awarded 2012 Good Neighbor Award Honorable Mention for their work on behalf of the Shriners Hospital of Springfield and the Newton Partnership respectively.
About The MAR Good Neighbor Award:
Established in 2004 and presented annually, the MAR Good Neighbor Award recognizes REALTORS® who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to community service through volunteerism and civic and charitable contributions that improve the lives of local residents and make their community a better place to live.
Entries are accepted from industry practitioners and the 16 local REALTOR® associations in Massachusetts, and selection of the award recipients is made by a sub-committee of the MAR Communications & Public Relations Committee. The award recipient receives a commemorative trophy and a $1,500 grant from the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® in the name of their designated charity.
About the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®:
Organized in 1924, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade organization with more than 18,000 members. The term REALTOR® is registered as the exclusive designation of members of the National Association of REALTORS® who subscribe to a strict code of ethics and enjoy continuing education programs.
Editors and reporters: Please note that the term Realtor is properly spelled with an initial capital “R”, per the Associated Press Stylebook.